Otago Polytechnic

Group short courses

Gain confidence in English with practical, real-life situations.

Take a customised course developed for your school, team or organisation. Our experienced, friendly staff help you improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Otago Polytechnic has been teaching English to international students for over twenty years. We offer small classes (1-15 students) and design our programmes to meet your needs.


Programme outline

Take a 2-3 week programme that focuses on building your confidence in all areas of English language skills.

  • Study a variety of subjects – such as Engineering, Tourism, and Hospitality – as part of your course.
  • Improve your speaking and listening in in real-life situations. For example, interacting with a homestay family, with staff and students from within Otago Polytechnic, and with members of the wider community.
  • Speak and write about your experiences of the day before in class and formally present your views on a range of topics.


Extra activities

Experience Dunedin with a variety of activities – such as viewing wildlife, visiting the only castle in the southern hemisphere, and visiting the steepest street in the world!


Your English language programme

Below are some examples of our English for Groups programme—which we can adapt to your needs. This makes it perfect for combining English Language studies with specialist areas including environmental, media or business studies. You can make the most of your time in this country by also enjoying tourism activities around New Zealand's beautiful South Island.


  • Eng Dunedin

    City walking tour and bus tour

    Take an interactive tour of Dunedin’s historic buildings and famous sights.

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    Netball and futsal

    Take part in a skills session and game practice of these exciting indoor sports. 

  • Unipol


    Get an orientation and full use of our world class gym during your stay. 

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    Farm visit

    Visit a sheep and dairy farm. Milk a cow, watch sheep shearing – but bring your gumboots!

  • Maori

    Māori art and music workshop

    Watch, listen – and make a traditional Māori musical instrument!

  • Cabury

    Cadbury World

    Discover the magic of Cadbury Chocolate as you take the famous tour and eat some delicious sweet treats.

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    The Taieri Gorge Railway

    Unique and panoramic views over ever-changing scenery. There is no better way to explore the beautiful Dunedin and Otago countryside than from the comfort of a train.

  • Toitu

    Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

    Welcome to New Zealand's newest and most innovative museum experience, all about the people of Dunedin and their stories from the earliest settlers through to those who have recently arrived.

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    Albatross Colony and Yellow-eyed Penguins

    A visit to Dunedin is not complete without taking in the outstanding natural beauty and wildlife of the Otago Peninsula, including the Royal Albatross Centre and Penguin Place